Marcellus Education Team

The Penn State Extension Shale Education Team consists of a group of county-based educators who have been heavily involved with the wide range of issues arising from shale exploration and development in the state, the nation, and the world.

We recognized the importance of gas exploration for Pennsylvania landowners and communities when companies first started knocking on doors to secure leases to drill on private property.  We conducted our first leasing workshops in 2001.

Shale development is a relatively new issue that is and will continue to evolve across the Commonwealth and beyond.  As shale deposits are explored and technology continues to advance, the need to provide all stakeholders with unbiased, research-based information is crucial.  The Marcellus Education Team can provide this important need.  Penn State’s significant educational and research expertise and background in the multitude of venues involved in the past and currently, provides a key reason why we do so well to cover this role.

Penn State Extension has the knowledge and expertise about shale development to help citizens, businesses, local leaders, communities, and others understand what it means for each and every one of us, and how it may affect our environment, economy, communities, citizens, world, and our future.

Team Members

  • Education Program Associate
  • Energy Development/Special Projects
  • Lycoming County Master Gardener


Areas of Expertise:
  • Shale Energy
  • Logistics planning
  • Horticulture
  • Educator


Areas of Expertise:
  • Community Development
  • Assistant Director Energy, Entrepreneurship, Economic and Community Development Programs


Areas of Expertise:
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Shale Best Practices
  • Oil and Gas Land Use
  • Decline Curve Analysis
  • Social License, Energy, & Agriculture
  • Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research


Areas of Expertise:
  • Shale Energy Production
  • Socio-Economic Trends of Global Shale Energy
  • Shale Energy Workforce and Business Development
  • Public Policy and Regulation Related to Shale Gas
  • Social License and Energy Production
  • Stakeholder Engagement and the Implications of Shale Energy
  • Nexus of Shale Energy, Agriculture, and Environment